How the EU responds to the coronavirus outbreak in support of the cultural and creative sectors

The European Commission, to complement and support Member States’ actions, has taken a set of measures to tackle the consequences of the novel coronavirus outbreak on the cultural and creative sectors. This page details both the horizontal measures and those related specifically to Creative Europe, the European Commission’s programme to support the culture and audiovisual sectors.

The Temporary Framework for state aid measures

The Temporary Framework for state aid measures to support the economy in the current Coronavirus crisis specifically refers to culture as a sector that has been particularly hit.

This Framework enables Member States to use the full flexibility foreseen under state aid rules to support the economy at this difficult time.

Member States can grant compensation to companies for damage suffered due to and directly caused by the coronavirus outbreak. In addition, Member States can grant financial support directly to consumers, for example for cancelled services or tickets that are not reimbursed by the operators concerned.

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